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Vet Examination Confirms Norwich Peregrine Death a Collision Accident

Aerial acrobats as parent bird teaches the youngster hunting skills at Norwich Cathedral nest box
Aerial acrobats as parent bird teaches the youngster hunting skills at Norwich Cathedral nest box

Grove Veterinary Practise in Fakenham, having examined the body of YT, the fourth and final peregrine chick to fledge from the nest box at Norwich Cathedral and who was found dead in the Cathedral grounds.

Grove have reported that there is a crack in one of the neck bones of the bird. This suggests, as happens with many young peregrines during the early days after leaving the nest, that YT has suffered a collision with an object.

These birds travel at high speed during flight and as inexperienced youngsters, there is just not room for mistakes while they are learning to fly. The average survival rate for a brood is two so unfortunately fatalities are a natural occurrence and to be expected.

Here is a lovely clip of YT a couple of days previously playing with the unringed sibling:

The good news is that the surviving three chicks are very active and their hunting and flying training with the parents birds is proving quite spectacular. Now is an excellent time to visit the Cathedral to watch them.

You can also see the images of this year’s peregrine season that is part of the fantastic ‘Wonder of Birds’ Exhibition now running at Norwich Castle. The exhibition runs daily until September 14 and we highly recommend it!

Peregrine Chicks Due to Hatch Soon at St John’s Church Bath

The peregrine pair using the Hawk and Owl Trust nest platform at St John’s Church in Bath have been carefully brooding their eggs for the last few weeks. We are now getting to the time for the chicks to hatch and are predicting the first egg to hatch somewhere between 4 – 9 May. Here…

Norwich Peregrines Hatch First Chick of 2014 at Hawk and Owl Trust Urban Peregrine Watch Point

The first egg hatched on Saturday night (26th April). It was first seen at 19:37 still wet and in its half-shell so the actual separation of the shell would not have been much before that. The female was incubating at the time but the male came in and almost pushed her off the nest, continuing…

BBC Visit Bath Peregrine Project

BBC news programme ‘Points South West’ dropped by St John’s Church in Bath on Monday to speak to Hawk and Owl Trustee Mike Rogers and Peregrine Project team member Hamish Smith. The peregrine pair that have taken up residence in the nesting platform provided by the Hawk and Owl Trust have continued their successful run…

Fourth Peregrine Chick Hatches at Norwich Cathedral Nest Platform

The 4th peregrine falcon egg at Norwich Cathedral has hatched! The peregrine falcons using the Norwich Cathedral nesting platform, installed by wild bird of prey conservation charity the Hawk and Owl Trust, have hatched their fourth and final egg of 2013! At 20:26 last night, 27 hours after the hatching of the third egg, the…

A Fourth Egg for the Bath and Bristol Peregrines

Bristol and Bath Peregrine Group A blog all about the comings and goings of Peregrines living in the west. Thursday 4 April 2013 Another timely update from Hamish Smith: Now four eggs at Bath.  Male and female continue to share the incubation.  The female was being ferociously territorial today, flying CAP against the gulls for some considerable time before taking…

Definitely a Good Friday as Norwich Cathedral Peregrines Lay Fourth egg of 2013

The peregrine falcons using the Norwich Cathedral nesting platform, installed by wild bird of prey conservation charity the Hawk and Owl Trust, have laid their fourth egg on 29 March, Good Friday morning, around 6.35am. The third egg appeared at about 17.00 on afternoon of Tuesday 26th March. Their first egg of 2013 arrived at…